By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
July 25, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Tooth loss and gum disease are not usually something many people worry about until they are personally faced. And while they do tend to oral hygienebe more common with age, at least half of all American adults over age 30 are missing at least one tooth according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But oral health problems like gum disease and tooth loss are not inevitable in old age. Dr. Jeffrey Mason in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, recommends incorporating a few simple oral hygiene practices into your daily routine to help protect your teeth and gums and maintain a healthy smile at any age.

Preventive and Restorative Dentistry in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

You probably already know that brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily are the staples of good oral hygiene. Skipping the floss may not seem like a big deal in the moment, but it can take a serious toll on your oral health over time. In addition to daily brushing and flossing, there are a few more factors that make up good oral hygiene:

Change your toothbrush - change brushes every few months or when the bristles begin to wear down

Gently brush your gums and tongue to remove bacteria

Eat a healthy diet - what you eat (or don't eat) is just as important for your teeth and gums as the rest of your body. Eating (and drinking) foods high in sugar will increase your risk of plaque buildup and tooth decay

Don't wait until something is wrong to go to the dentist - the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a checkup and professional cleaning every six months

Don't smoke - like poor diet, cigarettes and tobacco are equally harmful to your oral and general health

Find a Dentist in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

For more information about how to improve your oral hygiene routine and gum disease prevention, contact our office by calling (201) 288-4447 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mason today.

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